Hope Rises for the Hopeless


God sees you.  He sees you where you are today. There is no running from it.  There is no need to.  You don’t need to run from the one Person who loves, knows and created you.

It is one thing to worship a god who is far off, inaccessible, and full of regimens.  However,  to worship a God who saw, touched, and healed people means that He truly cares for you. God, Yahweh, has always had His hands on humanity.  Even though Moses, Joshua, and Elijah could all attest to this, God decided to come to this Earth, so for all time there would be proof that God walked this Earth.  He saw the pain and the sorrow.  He is compassionate.  He weeps for the heartbroken.  He sees us.

Instead of Jesus just offering band-aids to temporarily stop the pain, He stopped the forever downward spiral of humanity towards its demise.  In His death, but mostly in His resurrection, He brought all the pieces God created back together.  It is like humanity was a huge rock formation splitting apart in two directions.  Jesus, with His arms stretched wide, grabbed both sides of that rock and pushed them back together with all His might.  He came to redeem the most broken part of us, our soul.

By Him dying and rising again, he says, “No more.”

No more will you walk alone.

No more will you not have an answer.

No more will you despair.

No more will your heart break and you cannot find hope.

Hope rises in the melding of God putting your soul right again.  It does not rise because you did something.  It rises because God works as a puzzle piece master and melds all the pieces of your soul, your true self, back together. It rises because you ask Him to do so.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:9

The purifying that John is talking about is the melding of the puzzle pieces.  He takes all He has allowed to happen in your life, good and bad, and fits them together to be a beautiful picture of a redeemed child- fearfully and wonderfully made.

To get there- to the redeemed picture- we have to confess our sins.  We have to bow our heads and say sorry.  If your heart hardens at this thought or if words of doubt creep into your head, can I urge you to fight the resistance in you?   God does not want you to stay locked up inside of you.  He wants to set you free.  He is stretching out His hand.  No matter what you have done or how hopeless you feel, He is waiting to take hold of your hand.

Just say sorry.  You don’t have to know what for yet, just start with sorry.  Then, ask Him to come hold your hand and walk you out of your struggles.

He will.  He has never not walked me out of my mess.  He has never not said, “Nope, Janelle, it is too much.”  He loves you.  Romans 5:8 says,

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

He died for you while you were a sinner, not for the day you become perfect.  That is what Hope is.  It would not be hopeful if you had to reach some form of a perfected standard.  No.  God gives hope to those who need it most- the sinner, the broken, the downtrodden, and the stuck.

“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:30

If easy and light are words that make you breath a sigh of relief, will you please talk with God?  He loves you.  He is speaking to the deepest part of you and asking you to speak back to Him.

If you have any questions, please just ask.  There is nothing more I love to do than to talk about God and His lifelong hope.

Sweet hugs.

This is the conclusion of my series on Jesus seeing us.  If you would like to read more, please subscribe below and I’ll send you a five-day study on Jesus seeing you. 


 

About Janelle Upton

My name is Janelle and I am so glad you are here. I am a person who God brought out of a dark pit and set in a spacious place to be healed and really live. I love to study, read, and ponder all things that will lead me to understand who God is and what He is doing in my life. May what you read in this space lead you to walk closer to the God that is crazy in love with you.

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